Which Tes Institute course is right for you?

So, you’ve decided to become a teacher. But what are the next steps? Tes Institute can help you get the qualification you need to get started. Find out more about our different routes.

Tes Institute Team

Maze To Show There Are Many Ways To Become A Teacher

At Tes Institute, we offer a unique range of training programmes to help you take the first step on your journey to becoming a qualified teacher. Our courses provide the very best of both digital and blended learning and have helped qualify over 2,000 teachers.

Now it's your turn! 

Take a look at the different routes into teaching and range of programme we provide and let us help you take the next step and progress in your teaching journey.

First things first – do you have the right qualifications?

Regardless of the route you take into teaching, you will need to make sure you have the right qualifications to become a teacher. There are some standard requirements, set by the DfE that you’ll have to meet in order to teach in a mainstream school in England. For example, you must have a degree and pass the compulsory professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you can begin teacher training. Although, it’s worth noting that the professional skills tests will be discontinued on 1 April 2020. Find out more about what’s replacing them and what this means for you here.

There are three main teaching qualifications to choose from:

  • QTS - Qualified Teaching Status 
  • PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate in Education 
  • EYTS - Early Years Teaching Status

Find out more about the teaching qualification here.

Find the Tes Institute course that's right for you

To find out which of our programmes is right for you, we’ve listed three different stages of where you may be in your career, and the next steps you can take with Tes Institute.

1. I want to change careers and become a teacher

For those of you looking to change your career and become a teacher - you’re not alone! Plenty of people change careers and make the move into teaching. Before you take the plunge, there are a couple of things to consider and tips to follow.

Get some experience in the classroom

It would be useful to undertake some voluntary teaching experience before making the career switch. This will not only give you a better understanding of life in the classroom - and confirm that you do indeed want to become a teacher - it will also strengthen your application.

Consider how strong your subject knowledge is

If your degree subject is not specifically related to your chosen subject, or there has been a large amount of time between studying and your decision to become a teacher, it would be advisable to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

If you are completing an SKE course whilst working in your current role, you may wish to consider one that offers the most flexibility to fit around your commitments, such as Tes Institute’s online SKE programmes that are available in a range of subjects and length options.

Find out  more about Tes Institute's Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

2. I have just graduated and what to become a teacher

If you’ve just graduated from university and would like to become a teacher then an initial teacher training (ITT) programme would be the best route into teaching for you.

Tes Institute is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider working in partnership with a number of schools in Essex, Greater London and Kent to deliver School Direct initial teacher training.

This school-led route is designed for high-quality candidates who will be based in-school, rather than college or univeristy, and given day release for theoretical study. This option can be salaried for a limited number or trainees or a School Direct bursary is available for qualifying applicants in shortage subjectsThere is an option to achieve a PGCE as well as QTS on Tes Institute’s School Direct programme.

As you already have a degree, both routes will focus on developing your teaching skills, but if your degree isn’t directly related to the subject area (e.g. you have an engineering degree but want to teach physics) you should consider undertaking a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes to build your knowledge and confidence before beginning your ITT programme. These programmes can be fully funded by the Government if you meet the eligibility criteria.

3. I am a teaching assistant and want to gain QTS

Our Straight to Teaching programme is ideal for those who are already working in a school as a teaching assistant, HLTA or unqualified teacher. Even though you’re already working in a school, gaining QTS can be both personally and financially rewarding.

Straight to Teaching allows you to qualify whilst you remain working in your school. It provides you with structured preparation that will prepare you to meet the Teachers’ Standards before you are assessed for and awarded QTS through our Assessment Only route.

The length of the programme will depend on your existing experience and can range from one to five terms. In order to be eligible for the programme, you must already be employed in a school that is willing to provide you their full support, including an in-school mentor. Further eligibility criteria can be found here.

Find out more about Tes Institute's Straight to Teaching programme

Assessment Only route

If you have a degree, significant teaching experience and can demonstrate that you already meet the English Teachers’ Standards, then our twelve-week, Assessment Only route allows you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without any further preparation. 

Find out more about Tes Institute's Assessment Only route

Further information

There are many routes and ways to become a teacher. Most people considering a teaching career will fall into one of the above categories; however, UCAS also has a number of useful pages, as does the Department for Education

You may also find it useful to take a look at these blogs:

How to become a primary school teacher

How to become a Special educational needs teacher

If you have any questions or want to talk to us about your options and route into teaching then just contact the Tes Institute team and we’d be more than happy to help.